May 27, 2020 - Preventing corruption is a day-to-day challenge that requires society as a whole to become aware of the necessity to foster a real cultural shift. Although legislation and internal policies remain essential, they are not sufficient to prevent corruption. They must be supplemented by a...
Transcontinental: Competition Bureau uses Consent Agreement to Test Failing Firm Analysis
On May 28, 2014 the Competition Bureau announced that it had reached a consent agreement with Transcontinental relating to its proposed acquisition of 74 community newspapers from Quebecor Media. The objective of the consent agreement was to preserve competition in the sale of advertising in community newspapers in the Province of Québec by requiring that a number of the parties’ newspapers be put up for sale.
This article by Charles Tingley discusses what this settlement indicates about how the Bureau might in future be prepared to approach failing firm analysis when reviewing whether a proposed merger is likely to lessen competition substantially. That approach could create uncertainty for purchasers and vendors about when and how the Bureau will test claims about the financial distress of takeover targets and the absence of competitively preferable purchasers to acquire them.
May 25, 2020 - The federal government has published a draft legislative proposal that would allow for the extension of certain legislative time limits and other periods due to COVID-19. The draft proposal (referenced as the Time Limits and Other Periods Act [COVID-19]) released on May 20, 2020,...